Happy Belated Book Birthday, Nanci Turner Steveson!

A heartfelt congratulations to Team SCBWI faculty member Nanci Turner Steveson on the May 3rd release of her debut novel SWING SIDEWAYS!

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“Perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Walk Two Moons, this debut middle grade novel is the story of two girls and the unforgettable summer in which they learn about true friendship and loss.

Annie has been promised a summer of freedom in the country. Freedom from a difficult school year, freedom from her fake “friends” back in the city, and, most of all, freedom from her mom’s life-governing spreadsheets and rigid schedules.

When Annie meets California, who is visiting her grandfather’s farm, it seems she has found the perfect partner for the summer she’s always craved. Especially when California offers Annie a real-life adventure: if she and Annie can find the ponies her mom rode as a girl, surely it will remind her mom how wonderful the farm is—and fix what’s broken between her mom and her grandfather.

But Annie’s summer of freedom is sprinkled with secrets, and everything she has learned about bravery and love will be put to the test when the truth behind the ultimate secret changes her life forever.”

Conference attendees were given a detailed presentation on the SWING SIDEWAYS revision process by Nanci and her editor, Andrew Harwell.  That process led to the novel being being chosen as one selection for HarperCollins School and Library Team New Voices Program for 2016.

Once again, congratulations Nanci! We are all looking forward to reading your novel!

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About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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